November 28 -- December 2

I suppose it's time to let the Game of the Year debates begin. I know a lot of people don't normally go in for that sort of thing, and normally I'm not big on such an arbitrary accolade, but there have been so many outstanding games this year that I am happy to begin celebrating the year even as it still winds down through December. If I could hand out three of four game of the years then I would and still have a game or two that I feel got left out.

That said, none of them are going to come from this week. Now that the Blacks Monday and Thursday have come and gone, the days of heady release lists and triumphant fanfare are even now echoing off mostly into the distance. This week's releases are so uninspiring that I'm not even going to list them out below. There are only about four of them anyway, and the best among them may be Jaws: Ultimate Predator. Interesting call back to paragraph one, I'm willing to bet that's the only time Jaws: Ultimate Predator gets called the best of anything.

While Mario Kart 7 for the 3DS does come out next Sunday, I'll save that for next week to discuss. For now, Skyrim is still probably my Game of the Week. I'm now some 60+ hours in and I could easily rattle off a half dozen things I still can't wait to do. I know at some point I'll flame out. By comparison, I only put about 45 hours total into Fallout 3, and at the end felt completely sated. But, even as I sit here talking about it, I'm deeply anticipating the next opportunity I have to reenter the world of Tamriel.

Let the age of clearing out the pile begin.


Counter-strike:Global Offensive should be opening up it's beta this Wednesday, although that's likely Valve-time™.

In the end, it doesn't matter who wins GOTY. This has been an amazing year for gaming, one of the best I can remember. You know it's been a good year when Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Dragon Age 2, Batman: Arkham City, Shogun 2, Modern Warfare 3, and The Witcher 2 probably aren't even in contention.

I really see Game of the Year coming down to 2 games that are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum: Portal 2, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Portal 2 offers a near-completely linear story and gameplay that at times literally puts you on the rails. The game is packed with humor and great storywriting and characters, while Skyrim allows you to do whatever the hell you want, where and when you want, and in fact encourages digression (if not complete abandonment) of the main storyline.

Both are well made, offer full immersion, and share the ability to tell the story through direct contact with characters and the implied story of the setting that allows the player to fll in the blanks. Other than that it's like comparing apples and couscous. I'd be happy if either of these games one, and I'd challenge any gaming website or publication to declare a tie between these two.

Another one: Assassin's Creed: Revelations PC on the 2nd.

So, who's going to start the GOTY voting thread?

conejote wrote:

So, who's going to start the GOTY voting thread?

I am. On the 12th with voting lasting through the end of the year.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
conejote wrote:

So, who's going to start the GOTY voting thread?

I am. On the 12th with voting lasting through the end of the year.

Do we get a forum ban if we talk about it before or after then?

Honestly, last year stood out to me as being ridiculous for the amount of talk that went into it.

What happened last year was that Sinatar didn't want to do the voting thread again but nobody knew that, so things got kicked around for awhile waiting for an official thread that only really happened by accident. I don't remember a lot of talk about it last year, but I do recall two or three locked threads since the mods were anticipating an official one.

Since I handled all the voting last year, I figured I'd do the official thread this year.

Steam sale is my game of the week!

wordsmythe wrote:

Steam sale is my game of the week!

That game came out last Wednesday and was disabled by the DRM at 1PM EST today. Jerks.

I played Steam Sale more than any other game in November. (Hangs head in shame)

Ah! It was a great year for gaming! A fitting end for the end of civilization.

The PSN sale is my game of the week. My PSP now has Disgaea, Disgaea 2, Phantom Brave, Tactics Ogre, Jeanne D'Arc, FFT:WOTL and Valkyria Chronicles 2. I won't need another SRPG for... ever.

Oh that's tempting to just go ahead and pickup Disgaeas for whenever I grab a Vita down the road.

Without a PSP or PS2 I've still never played Disgaea 2. Kinda like to complete the run.